BJP smiles in Maharashtra local polls
Recently, local polls were held for Sangli-Miraj-Kupwad (SMK) municipal corporations in Maharashtra. Some political commentators have been watching out for the results to see if the Congress-NCP alliance will impact the BJP's performance negatively.
However, the saffron party has done very well, pipping the Cong-NCP alliance with ease. The party has reportedly registered victories in Jalgaon and the Congress stronghold Sangli.
In Sangli, the BJP has won 41 out of 78 seats. In Jalgaon, it has won 57 out of 75 seats.
What are the lessons for Shiv Sena, the BJP's estranged ally? "In Jalgaon, Sena had an alliance with the BJP but not in Sangli. The contrasting results should make Sena introspect on the limitations of their influence," says columnist Aashish Chandorkar.